The New York Times asserts that "the obstacles to making any
proposal for peace or political settlement are enormous,
particularly given the violence of the Palestinian uprising over the
past 21 months, which has left well over 1,000 Palestinians dead and
killed some 900 Israelis." (Bush Set to Offer Plan for Palestinian
State. June 14, 2002)
It is hard to know where these figures--which are far out of
line with those from almost every other source--came from. The
Israeli human rights group B'Tselem puts the number of Israeli
civilians and military personnel killed between September 29, 2000
and June 11, 2002 at 491 (www.btselem.org), while the Palestinian
Red Crescent Society gives the number of Palestinians killed in the
same period as 1,588, including 311 killed during Israel's massive
invasion of West Bank cities starting in late march
Indeed the obstacles to any progress are rendered only greater when
newspapers 'of record' are so careless with basic facts.
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